Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Top 5 Most Exciting Scoring Duos of MLS

There's nothing quite like the chemistry of two strikers making music together by playing off of each other's strengths or setting each other up.  Sometimes, one guy is the emotional header and the other is the acrobatic juggler or one guy is the stronger dribbler while the other has a quick boot.

In Soccer, a strong scoring duo makes all the difference for fans and for a winning record.

Scoring duos don't come around often, so it's important to appreciate the good ones.  In MLS, three of the best come from the Western Conference and two others from the Eastern Conference.

At number V is Sporting KC's C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara (14 goals, 5 assists), pictured above.  They are two tall, sometimes awkward-style forwards, but, their athleticism can be a lot of fun to watch.

Kamara is a mid-leader on the scoring table, Sapong is further down.  Only a couple of times this year have they really turned it on, but this duo can deliver and has dynamic potential.

The bottom line is that they are fun to watch.  Other players on Sporting are giving them a lot of shots on goal and playing beautifully.  Their best feeders are Graham Zusi and Roger Espinoza.  Aurelien Collin's aggression on defense keeps the ball going the other way towards Sapong, Kamara and Teal Bunbury.

At number IV is a New York surprise (25 goals, 9 assists).  Thierry Henry is not the surprise this year; it is his new partner in crime of the Red Bulls, Kenny 'the header' Cooper.

Cooper has provided more goals this season than what was predicted.  He's an older player with not a lot of tremendous speed; he is quirky and herky jerky.  But, he's also at the right spot at the right time a lot of the time.

Henry still has flair and knows his target well.  He's the French chef of scoring.  He still has quickness on the ball.  His best asset for scoring is making the most out of a touch on the ball, something that takes a lot of skill to learn for even the best players.

One extra touch and a player loses the opportunity, much of the time.

Number III is for the underdogs of San Jose (26 goals, 6 assists).  Steven Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski of the Earthquakes have done it all season for each other.

Not enough can be said about Wondolowski's rise up the scoring ladder.  He is the leader of goals scored for MLS and he has made it onto the U.S. National Men's Team.  There's no other way to put it, other than, he has become a finisher, one of the hardest things to accomplish in the sport.

Lenhart is always a threat and seems to get a goal for when they count most, to win or equalize.  Also, Lenhart can be very artistic and powerful with his goals.  He's made a name for himself in MLS, as well.

At number II (22 goals, 7 assists), Seattle's Eddie Johnson and Freddie Montero can light it up in a sport not known for high-scoring.

They are both on the ball and dangerous almost every time with it.  They both stop, start, twist, fake and blast often.

The Sounders and their fans are enjoying the ride and the flair.  Every game with Johnson and Montero in it together, the opposing teams must mark them solid or else be prepared to be playing for a tie and not a win.

Number I can only be Landon 'the Legend' Donovan and his compañero Robbie Keane (20 goals, 17 assists).  Keane has been a perfect compliment to Donovan and a great receiver of Beckham's, just as Donovan is, as well.

These guys break the defenses down.  They are fast and ready to shoot.  They always seem to be in a good spot and know strategy for setting up the pass before the assist.

Keane and Donovan are ahead of the field because they are savvy veterans with strong legs.

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